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Ask the Expert: Mother of the bride special


Ask the expert: Mother of the bride

Cassie our style advisor is answering some of the questions we’ve had from mothers of brides-to-be. What does a mum wear to look and feel fabulous on the big day?

Q. I wonder if you could help me decide what I can wear for my daughter’s wedding next September. I am 49 years old and I am a size 18-20 in clothes and 5ft 2. I usually wear trousers as they are more comfy. Janette

Cassie says…

Hi Janette, I bet you are busy helping plan everything for the wedding.

If you’re a trousers girl then a fabulous trouser suit will be perfect but don’t feel like you have to wear one colour top-to-toe. Try colour blocking too by mixing suit trousers with a different suit jacket. We love the bold lime colour of the jacket below. As you are 5ft 2 you’ll love our petites ranges, there’s loads to choose from especially in formalwear. A shorter style of jacket buttoned at the waist is a great option for your figure.

You can opt for a hat, but these days a striking fascinator does the trick too and there are loads of different styles to choose from. To look really well put-together think about how to match your accessories in with the rest of your look. A matching shoe and bag isn’t essential for everyday but at a formal occasion like a wedding it’s an ideal finishing touch.

Finish your look with some beautiful jewellery and some classic nail varnish and you’ll look fabulous. I hope you have a lovely day!

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Q. Both my daughters are getting married this summer and I’m at a loss at what to wear? I am 48, size 12 and 5ft 6 tall with long blonde hair. Both are civil ceremonies. The first daughter is having bridesmaids in orange and the theme is summer and the second is having seven bridesmaids in bright yellow and the theme is daisies. Please help! Carol

Wow, I love the choice of summery colours. For a summer theme floral prints immediately spring to mind for me  so why not choose a fab floral print dress. Orange goes great with gold so pick out some accessories with that colouring to finish off your outfit.

For the daisy themed wedding a yellow dress with white accessories is sure to fit the theme without it feeling OTT. By choosing white accessories you’ll be able to take your pick from the bridal ranges too for some really special shoes and a beautiful bag. If bright colours aren’t your thing then try a more neutral coloured dress with brighter accessories.

Congratulations to both your daughters!

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  • Lesley Leaver

    My daughter is getting married in January and as I am giving her away too I need something that will not clash.The theme colours are cream and a deep purple.I am 5′ 6”,a size 10 with light brown/blonde hair.I would like a sophisticated dress with a cosy jacket and I suit taupes/greys-where do I start?

  • Mother of the Bride Gifts

    Great tips in this article!
    Do you think it’s important that a mother of the bride wear some type of feature accessory on her head?

  • AMY

    I am a 46 year old mother of the bride, she gets married next April I am looking for a short dress and jacket for the day, I am 5ft size 14″/16″

  • http://blog.debenhams.com Jenny, editor

    Many people wear hair accessories but it’s not essential. What’s better is working out what suits you. It might be that a hat works for you, or some statement jewellery might be better. If you want further help, do pop in and see one of our personal shoppers who are experienced in recommending clothing for weddings.

  • Judith Mcardle

    Help needed, my 2 daughters are both getting married Feb and July 2012, I am not sure what to wear, I am 58yrs old size 22/24, and 5ft 1ins tall, I don,t like skirts as I have a overhang on my stomach, I always wear trousers, I fancied a trouser suit but carn,t seem to find one. I haven,t wore a dress for many years, I like to think my dress sense is still modern, with trousers and tops. I have a problem with the right length, a midi length dress is full length on me, my iside leg is 25.5ins. Can you give some advice please.

  • Liz Winship

    My son gets married in september in scotland. I am 5ft 7ins size 12 on top & 14 on bottom, Age a ‘young 57′. I really like the current maxi dress style but it may be a bit casual. what do you think? the wedding lasts day into evening. Not sure yet the colour of Mother of the bride. bridesmaids in burgundy.

    Can you suggest something for me? thanks.

  • Ann

    Help !!! my daughters wedding is in November this year i am 48yrs old 5ft10 size 16.and still have’nt found an outfit yet. A fairly big white wedding. Bridesmaids in deep pink , groom and party deep purple and grey kilts . Do you have any ideas please.

  • Heidimcmillan

    Hi cassie, my son is getting married this july It’s a a white wedding and i still havent found anything to wear, i am nearly 5ft tall with a pear shape figure, i have to my regret tattoos on my arms which i am very ashamed of so this limits what i can wear as regards to sleeves or sleeveless dresses. i am blonde and dont know what to go for. i do however love the colour turquoise or teal. i am 49. please help.